November News Roundup

Capacity increase welcomes more people back on public transport
COVIDSafe capacity on all modes of public transport will increase from Monday 1 November welcoming more people back to the network to support the State’s road to reopening.

All new buildings in England to have electric car charge points from 2022
Boris Johnson to announce plans at CBI conference, telling business leaders the UK is at a pivotal moment

1000 New Commuter Parking Spaces at Leppington Railway Station
More than 1000 new free car parking spaces have been created for commuters with completion of the Leppington Commuter Car Park.

Electric cargo ship will take 40,000 truck journeys from Norway’s roads
The world’s first all-electric, autonomous cargo ship launched in Norway this week.

Buenos Aires crowned smart city of the year
The Argentine capital was recognised for its municipal solid waste management plan and its aim to develop circular economy models for each waste current.

The $3.50 go-anywhere ticket to fight climate change
Fifteen years after it was first proposed, Austria’s new Klimaticket, or climate ticket, goes live on October 26. Offering seamless travel across all modes of public transport it is intended to galvanize the Alpine nation’s fight against climate change.

Seoul to introduce safety insurance for tourists using e-bikes and e-scooters
With smart tourism on the rise, the insurance is an effort by the city to solve the safety issue that has been pointed out as a major weakness of the sharing service.

Copenhagen sees new hydrogen taxis as rolling showcase for green transition
Toyota and Danish taxi service DRIVR have put more than 100 Toyota Mirai hydrogen taxis on the roads in Copenhagen. The Danish government aims to have no new taxis emitting CO2 or air pollution from 2025, while all taxis must be zero-emission by 2030.

What happens to EV batteries at end-of-life?
Moves are under way to ensure that electric vehicle batteries are properly renewed or recycled ahead of EV technology becoming more mainstream in Australia.

Rio de Janeiro and Kaohsiung City progress smart city plans
The Brazilian and Taiwanese cities have chosen ST Engineering as a technology partner for smart lighting- and smart mobility-based projects, respectively, that advance their overall connected strategies.

Western Europe leads strong uptake in electric shared mopeds
A new report from fleet sharing tech platform Invers and mopedsharing.com has highlighted a big uptake in moped sharing over the last year.

Stockholm leads on urban mobility readiness
Stockholm is ranked number one in mobile sustainability thanks to continued investment in electrification and micromobility infrastructure, as well as corresponding increases in walking and cycling.

Wright Electric plans 100-seat fully-electric regional flights from 2026
US start-up Wright Electric has announced plans for a 100-seat fully-electric regional jet that could be in service from 2026.

Swinburne’s ‘flying car’ research hub
Swinburne University of Technology has launched an aerospace research hub to help develop lighter planes, cheaper spacecraft and flying taxis, after receiving $12 million in Victorian government support.

EVs and autonomy: Why it will make no sense to buy your own electric car
They are changing the way we think about transport, and as the cost of EVs falls towards parity with their petrol and diesel equivalents, it’s pretty clear which technology has a future, and which doesn’t.

Expo 2020 Dubai: How cities are reducing traffic congestion with data
To help reduce traffic, some cities are already harnessing Internet of Things (IoT) devices and smart technologies to mitigate road congestion through the use of smart traffic management systems.

Lyft and partner to launch fully driverless public ride-hail service in Las Vegas
As part of a landmark partnership, Lyft and Motional have announced their plans to launch a fully driverless public ride-hail service in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 2023.

FlixMobility to build Europe’s first long-distance hydrogen bus
FlixMobility will work with its partners to develop, test and launch hydrogen buses that can operate across long distances as part of its efforts to decarbonise transport.

What are the prospects for vehicle subscriptions?
Car subscriptions are all-inclusive plans where consumers and businesses pay a single monthly fee that covers all the associated costs of motoring, except fuel or battery charging.

More than 700 UK railway stations to get contactless ticketing
Passengers travelling on train services in England will soon be able to make contactless fare payments with their debit or credit card at more than 700 railway stations across the North and Midlands.

Nine in ten transit agencies plan to introduce new smart ticketing options to aid post-pandemic recovery
More than nine in ten transit agencies (92%) are planning to introduce new mobile and contactless fare payment solutions to help support a return to pre-pandemic passenger levels, a survey has found.

Smart cities need a back-up plan
Sarah Wray looks at why cities’ resilience strategies need to expand beyond physical infrastructure to the digital world.

Mobility data framework could curb public-private disputes
A new framework for the responsible use of mobility data could help to prevent future disputes between the private and public sector.

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